Arsenal fought back from a goal down to beat Chelsea 2-1 in the 2020 FA Cup final, in a brilliantly entertaining battle at Wembley stadium.
The Blues took the lead inside five minutes, when Olivier Giroud’s neat flick found the feet of Christian Pulisic, who danced beyond a challenge and fired home from close range. Arsenal responded well, with Nicolas Pepe curling home an excellent strike from a lovely team move, only for his effort to be ruled out for an offside infringement.
Mikel Arteta’s men did draw level on 28 minutes however, when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was hauled down inside the penalty area by Cesar Azpilicueta, and the Gabon international coolly converted the subsequent spot-kick.
Chelsea dominated the early exchanges of the second half, but the Gunners took the lead with 20 minutes to play, when Aubameyang jinked down the outside of his marker and dinked the ball beyond Willy Caballero.
Mateo Kovacic was then given his marching orders for a controversial second yellow card to deepen the Blues’ woes, and Frank Lampard’s men struggled to get a foothold in the match from then on. Arsenal defended resolutely and held on to claim their 14th FA Cup success, and the first of Mikel Arteta’s reign.